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The Revelations of Asher

Toward Supreme Love in Self – (This Is an Endarkened, Feminist, New Literacies Event)

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Jeanine M. Staples

The Revelations of Asher: Toward Supreme Love in Self is an endarkened, feminist, new literacies event. It critically and creatively explores Black women’s terror in love. With poetry, prose, and analytic memos, Jeanine Staples shows how a group of Black women’s talk and writings about relationships revealed epistemological and ontological revelations, after 9/11. These revelations are presented in the context of a third wave new literacies framework. They are voiced and storied dynamically by the women’s seven fragmented selves. Through the selves, we learn the five ways the women lived as lovers: Main Chick, Side Chick, Bonnie, Bitch, and Victim. As an alternative-response to these identities in love, the author presents a new way. She introduces the Supreme Lover Identity and illuminates its integral connection to social and emotional justice for and through Black women’s wisdom.
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How the inquiry came to be (Jeanine speaks)

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How the inquiry came to be

To honor Mukhtaran, members of the inquiry asked me to wonder with them about love in the post-9/11 era. I was unsure why this wondering was necessary…at first. Kendra explained that we needed to “find truths about love’s omniscience and resolve, despite worldly circumstances.” Nola added, “If we don’t figure this out together, while we have the time and space and each other, we’ll lose.” Jamilla asked, “Lose what?” Kendra said, “Poetry, music, light, power…our voices, and documents, our stability…our own resolve as sisters in these struggles. We are lovers, friends, and partners. We house posterity. We have to say what is.” As we sat in Kiera’s living room, all comfy on couches and pillowed chairs, I wondered if we really could locate love and our own representations of what is. So, I asked a question:

“What is your truth about love?”

(Jeanine, Journal Entry, 10.01.04)

The significance of the question, “what is your truth about love?” aligns with the significance of the literate lives of post-adolescent/young adult Black women. Like members of any groups that are marginalized in and by various D/discourses (Gee, 2000; Kirkland, 2010), Black women’s literate lives matter. They matter to the extent that literacy scholars and educators care about the often untapped, yet invaluable, innovations we make to epistemological and ontological evolutions. Black women’s literate lives matter as we are among those too often misunderstood or dismissed as...

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